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Province approves County’s Official Plan with minor modifications

Prince Edward County’s new Official Plan has received final approval from Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

The plan, approved with modifications, came into effect July 8, 2021 and is not subject to appeal.

Adopted by council in February, it includes key policies protecting natural heritage systems, agricultural resources and human health and safety when considering development in the County.

The minister made 11 minor modifications to ensure consistency with the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) 2020 and other applicable legislation and regulations.

Modifications include changes to policies related to accessory dwelling units, aggregate resources, employment lands, and other areas of provincial interest.

The ‘Constraint Area Policies’ under water resources, modification notes large development proposals (campgrounds, trailer parks, resort/condominium development) within 120 metres of waterbodies and watercourses must be supported with a site evaluation report in consultation with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks. This, the ministry states, is to ensure water quality protection.

The Housing Policies was modified by including the sentence “A residential lot may contain both a second unit within the residential dwelling unit and a second unit within an accessory structure.”

In addition, ground-mounted solar facilities may be permitted as an on-farm diversified use in the agricultural area designation.

Regarding land division, the section was modified to state: “The County shall permit lot creation only if there is confirmation of sufficient reserve sewage system capacity and reserve water system capacity within municipal sewage services and municipal water services or private communal sewage services and private communal water services. The determination of sufficient reserve sewage system
capacity shall include treatment capacity for hauled sewage from private communal sewage services and individual on-site sewage services.”

Among the mineral aggregate resources section changes modified includes: “Mineral aggregate operations shall be protected from development and activities that would preclude or hinder their expansion or continued use or which would be incompatible for
reasons of public health, public safety or environmental impact. Existing mineral aggregate operations shall be permitted to continue
without the need for official plan amendment, rezoning or development permit under the Planning Act. Where the Aggregate Resources Act applies, only processes under the Aggregate Resources Act shall address the depth of extraction of new or
existing mineral aggregate operations. When a license for extraction or operation ceases to exist, the resource continues to be protected in accordance with policy.”

Click here to learn more about the modifications.

Click here to see the full Official Plan on the County’s website.

Any planning-related matters from July 8, 2021 onward will be subject to the new Official Plan. Visit the Planning page on the County website to view the final version of the new Official Plan.

Questions or concerns regarding the new Official Plan are to be directed to Michael Michaud, Manager of Planning, at 613.476.2148 extension 2025 or email mmichaud@pecounty.on.ca.

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